Sd.Kfz.171 Panther G Early Production w/Zimmerit
|Kit #: 7252||
Edited by Al Magnus
One of the nicest things about this kit is that it does not have nearly as many tiny pieces as the Dragon M4A3 (76 mm) Sherman I just finished. This is not to say that there are not other good things about the model- anything with molded on zimmerit has a special place in my heart- just that I needed a break after the Sherman.
Unlike some Dragon kits there is not a two piece hub and wheel set up. That said, the wheels appear nicely detailed and have minimal flash. The wheels and side skirts both have ejector pin marks in their reverse sides. The exhaust stacks have openings so that will save a little work in doing these by hand.
There is a nice engine deck insert which enables you to model this tank with the engine hatch open. You also have the option of plastic cables, or using provided cable ends and provided wire to create more realistic cables. The gun barrels each have a faint seam line, but are otherwise quite nice.
The next sprue contains some nicely detailed extra track pieces and yet another gun barrel.
The zimmerit pieces are nicely done, although the upper hull has the hatches molded closed and the handle the rear turret hatch leaves a little something to be desired. On the plus side all tools are molded separately.
There is one little detail on the side of the hull I have been unable to account for (looked at about 25-30 pictures of Panther Gs). It is a sort of two horned protrusion. Unless someone can convince me otherwise it is coming off when I build the tank.
There are some nice brass parts for the engine deck, as well as the previously mentioned wire for the cable.
Markings are for four vehicles:
The tracks look nicely detailed.
Instructions and markings sheet:
Overall, looks like a nice value, particularly if you get the extra pieces!